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Endowment for the Future of Northwest Mississippi Grant

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Schools, Churches, and
Agencies for Health, Youth and Education Programs

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Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Northwest Mississippi nonprofits, governmental agencies, schools, churches, institutions of higher education or research centers at such institutions, and federally-recognized Indian tribes for programs that focus on the areas of youth, education, and health.

For the purposes of these grants, Northwest Mississippi includes the following counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica.

Focus areas for funding, with suggestions, are listed below:

1) Health (examples: sustainable food systems like farmers’ markets, community gardens, mobile food markets, healthy-food convenience stores);

2) Active Living (example: support for bike lanes, parks, etc.);

3) Oral health for children; and

4) Education (examples: cultural and historical education (including support for museums); public libraries for educational exhibits (traveling or permanent); youth leadership programs; arts education; or after school mentoring / tutoring programs).

Eligible Funding Requests:
Seed grants for new and innovative projects and programs will be considered, as well as projects and programs that expand the ongoing work of an organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179614

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Grant support is available to nonprofit organizations with current tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS code, churches, units of government (including schools), public and private institutions of higher learning and institutes or research centers at such institutions, and federally-recognized Indian tribes. Nonprofit organizations must also be in compliance with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s regulation and reporting requirements.


- Applicant organizations must serve the community with no discrimination by age, race, gender or religion.
- The Community Foundation will not consider grants for individuals, exclusively religious purposes, political purposes or special occasion advertising.

Ineligible Activities:

- No funds from the CFNM Grants Program may be used to acquire any interest in real estate property.
- No funds from CFNM Grants Program may be used to support capital campaigns, endowment funds or scholarship funds.
- No funds from CFNM Grants Program may be used to influence legislation (within the meaning of Section 4945 (d) (1) of the IRS Code or to influence the outcome of any specific public election.
- The CFNM Grants Program will not provide general operating support (overhead, administrative expenses) to any applicant; all funds must be committed to specific purposes, projects and activities that address CFNM’s focus areas.
- The CFNM Grants Program will not provide general operating support for existing annual or other regular community festivals or event

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1

All applications and attachments must be received in the Community Foundation’s office no later than 5 p.m. CT on the deadline date. All applicants will be notified by mail or e-mail of the result of their application within approximately 30 days from the submission deadline.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirements:
The CFNM Grant Program does not normally require a match for CFNM dollars funded. On occasion, CFNM will grant funds as a Challenge Grant requiring that the organization raise the additional funds for the program, project or activity before CFNM funds are issued. While a match is not required, the Grants Review Committee likes to see a commitment with other funders and/or in-kind support.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit one copy of all required attachments/your proposal to: or

Mail to:
The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
315 Losher Street, Suite 100
Hernando, MS

Questions should be directed to:

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USA: Mississippi: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties

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